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What is genetic counseling for if you have a risk of having a baby with Down syndrome?

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If you have a higher risk of having a baby with Down syndrome, you might want to talk to a genetic counselor before you get pregnant, but it can be very helpful after, too. They’re highly trained in genetic conditions, as well as helping people talk through challenging issues.

SOURCES:

Office on Women’s Health: “Prenatal Care Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Down Syndrome.”

National Down Syndrome Society: “Understanding a Diagnosis of Down Syndrome.”

March of Dimes: “Down Syndrome.”

KidsHealth: “Down Syndrome,” “Prenatal Genetic Counseling.”

National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “How do health care providers test for Down syndrome?”

CDC: “Facts About Down Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Office on Women’s Health: “Prenatal Care Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Down Syndrome.”

National Down Syndrome Society: “Understanding a Diagnosis of Down Syndrome.”

March of Dimes: “Down Syndrome.”

KidsHealth: “Down Syndrome,” “Prenatal Genetic Counseling.”

National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “How do health care providers test for Down syndrome?”

CDC: “Facts About Down Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 5, 2019

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